20 Must-Visit Attractions in Chile

Moai | © voltamax / Pixabay
Moai | © voltamax / Pixabay
Photo of Harry Stewart
11 June 2017

With some 2,600 miles (4,300 kilometers) separating the southern tip of Patagonia from the northern border of Peru, Chile has a myriad of worthwhile attractions across a variety of geographical zones. Starting from the south, let’s work our way north on a tour of Chile’s 20 best tourist destinations.

Torres del Paine

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Chile, Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park (UNESCO Site), Cuernos del Paine peaks and Lake Pehoe
Torres del Paine National Park | © Michele Falzone / Alamy Stock Photo
No hiker worth their salt would even consider visiting Chile without crossing Torres del Paine off the bucket list. The stunning treks of this world-renowned national park pass groaning glaciers, towering peaks, forested valleys, and crystal clear lakes.

Carretera Austral

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Ruta 7, Carretera Austral, Hornopirén. | © Fernando Valenzuela/Flickr

Carretera Austral

A very long stretch of isolated gravel road, cruising down the Carretera Austral is the quintessential off-the-beaten-track experience. There are heaps of national parks, hiking trails and campsites to stop off at along the way.

Carretera Austral, Chile

Easter Island

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Moai statues on Easter Island | © myeviajes/pixabay

Easter Island

Just a few thousand miles offshore lies one of the world’s most isolated inhabited islands. Easter Island is most famous for its mysterious Moai statues, but it’s got plenty of great scenery and fascinating indigenous culture as well.

Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile

The wine regions

Most of Chile’s wine is produced within just a few hours’ drive of Santiago. Throughout the region, a huge number of world-class vineyards offer wine tasting tours where a copious amount of vino is liberally dispersed among thirsty travelers. Salud!

Viña Caliterra | © Viña Caliterra/Flickr

San Pedro de Atacama

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San Pedro de Atacama | © poLiMetralleta/pixabay

San Pedro de Atacama

It’s a long way north to San Pedro de Atacama, a small town in the middle of the desert that serves as the main tourism hub for this remarkable region. Visit steaming hot geysers, bizarre rock formations, and high altitude lagoons surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes.

San Pedro de Atacama, Coquimbo, Región de Coquimbo, Chile

Chuquicamata

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Chuquicamata copper mine - Calama - Chile | © Peter Collins/Flickr

Chuquicamata

Go on a tour of Chuquicamata, one of the world’s biggest open-pit copper mines. The free guided tour (these people make so much money that they don’t bother to charge) lasts several hours and provides a fascinating insight into the scale of this lucrative industry.

Chuquicamata, Calama, Antofagasta Region, Chile